Amerian or Amirian, ameriantz?
Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:50 PM
Thank you, Khachkar.
Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:44 AM
You lucky ducky, there is a very prominent avenue right smack center of Yerevan branching out from the City Square, between the Hotel (Armenian) Marriott and the foreign ministry building. It is names Amirian Ave. for Arsen Amirian (1881-1918)**, a professional revolutionary a contemporary and comrade in arms of Shahumian.
Thank you, Khachkar.
Yes it is Amirian, Emirian etc. One of my friends as the surname AmirAian (note the second A, there is a reason for that), just as a khnami of mine born in Sebastian , via Bolis has his personal name as Amira. It is an honorific and at times professional title. It is an Arabic word, although at the present “ämir/emir’” usually means “prince”, in te origin it means commander, it is crious to know that Latin word “admiral” http://img2.allposte...s/ROS/GM129.jpg I.e. commander at sea is from the Arabic “amir-al (Bihar)”. The professional title is from the days of the Arab conquests , including Armenia when the governors were titled as “ämir/emir” because in the beginning they would be Arab military commanders and their guvernia would be called “amira”I.e. admiralty. In times many such governors were assigned from the local people including Armenia princely houses, and the “amir” title stuck. The honorific is mainly from ottoman days, where many dynasties were given the title for their services to the sultan, many Armenian dynasties were also named so, among many builders and financiers like the Balians, the Bezjians etc. were daubed with the title.
Shall we assume that families with surnames like Amrian, Amiraian, Emirian etc. are of princely ancestry, be it from Arab days or ottoman.
**At one time the “Amrian” street marker plaque was replaced with a plaque “Vramshapuh Arqa”, the again the Original was reinstalled. Whether both plaques are side by side???
[Middle English amiral, admiral, from Old French and from Medieval Latin amrlis, admrlis, both from Arabic 'amr al- ..., commander of the ... : 'amr, commander; see mr in Semitic roots + al-, the.]
Edited by ArpA, 17 August 2009 - 07:48 AM.
Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:23 PM
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